The Ugly Truth About Book Sales

Marketing really IS the name of the game these days, ladies and gentlemen. If you think the fun stops after you’ve painstakingly WRITTEN and EDITED the thing, you are much mistaken! Consider your book, if you would like to publish it, like you would a real child–yeah, you spent 9 uncomfortable months creating the thing, but after it actually comes into the world, guess what? You still have to feed, cloth, and care for the thing for 18+ years.
Books are like that. You can’t just write one, throw it to the wolves, and start work on another.
Not if you wanna be successful!

Leona's Blog of Shadows

Today I am going to share some eye-opening truths, which might shatter the illusions regarding the book publishing business and crush the dreams of some folk out there. I have recently come across a rather interesting blog post link in the comments section under a post at Suffolk Scribblings blog.

It was a rather grim post by author Kameron Hurley. For those who are not familiar with her, she is an established author who has been a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Locus Award and the BSFA Award for Best Novel. Her short fiction has appeared in prestigious SFF magazines such as Lightspeed, EscapePod, and Strange Horizons. Her fiction has been translated into Romanian, Swedish, Spanish, and Russian. She is also a graduate of Clarion West. Impressive credentials many of us dream about accomplishing some day, if ever.

According to her…

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